National news in brief, 12/28

California

Man charged in shooting of soldier

SAN BERNARDINO — A California man was charged on Tuesday with attempted murder in the shooting of an Afghanistan War veteran at a homecoming party during what authorities said was a fight over football teams.

But the attorney for 19-year-old Ruben Ray Jurado said his client was apparently under attack when shots were fired at Christopher Sullivan at the party to welcome him home for the holidays.

Prosecutors in San Bernardino County on Tuesday charged Jurado, who surrendered himself to authorities a day earlier for investigation in the shooting that critically wounded the 22-year-old Purple Heart recipient.

Connecticut

Fireplace embers blamed for fatal fire

STAMFORD — A Christmas morning fire that killed a couple and three of their grandchildren was accidentally started by fireplace embers that had been discarded near a first-floor entryway, officials said Tuesday.

Sometime between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., a friend staying in the home put fireplace ashes in a bag and left it either in or outside a mudroom and trash enclosure attached to the rear of the house, said Barry Callahan, Stamford’s fire marshal.

District of Columbia

Sen. Nelson will retire, sources say

WASHINGTON — the associated Press has learned that Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska will not seek re-election next year.

Two sources say Nelson will announce his decision on Tuesday. the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because Nelson has not yet made an announcement

Nelson’s retirement will make it harder for Democrats to maintain control of the Senate.

Obama taps 2 for Federal Reserve

A vacationing President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated a Harvard University professor and a former Treasury official under President George H.W. Bush — a Democrat and a Republican — to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

In a statement from Hawaii, where he was vacationing with his family, Obama praised Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell for agreeing to serve his administration at a critical moment for the U.S. economy.

Maryland

Service academies sexual assaults rise

ANNAPOLIS — A report released by the Pentagon says the number of reported sexual assaults at the nation’s three major military academies rose in the latest academic year from one year earlier.

The Defense Department’s “Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies” covered the academic year 2010-11. It found there were 65 reports of sexual assault involving cadets and midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. That’s up from 41 reports in the prior year.

National news in brief, 12/28


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